New wellness program to be offered to university community

March 20, 2017
Pioneer Activity Center

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Health and Human Performance is launching “Pick Fit,” a new fitness and wellness program designed to help members of the university community engage in healthy behaviors.

The program includes group exercise sessions, led by Health and Human Performance student interns, nutrition and exercise education, and group support to help individuals reach their personal goals. Sessions are open to all university students, faculty and staff. There is a $3 cost per group fitness session for those who are not members of the university’s Pioneer Activity Center.

The program, to be held March 28-May 18, is an initiative led by Lisa Emendorfer, senior lecturer of Health and Human Performance at UW-Platteville, as part of her Level II Wellness Internship course.

“This course provides hands-on learning for our health promotion specialist students, many of who will be taking off-campus internship positions that require that they be able to lead group fitness classes, nutrition education and individual or small group weight training sessions,” said Emendorfer. “Having these types of opportunities help our interns be more confident and marketable as well as provide opportunity within the campus community to advocate good health and wellness principles.”

Dr. Colleen McCabe, chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at UW-Platteville, agrees. “This initiative is an excellent way for the upper level majors of the HHP department to serve all members of our campus,” McCabe said. “Real change in health behavior is sustainable by helping participants understand the benefits of positive health practices and support through health coaching engagement. The component of this program I am most excited about is the tiered program planning. Allowing individuals to ‘own’ the title of novice or beginner is a very important step for the commitment and effort needed for individuals to make sustainable change in their lifestyles.”

“As a prospective health promotion specialist, I am excited to share my knowledge on nutrition and exercise,” said Rachel Bruesewitz, a senior health and human performance major with a health promotion emphasis at UW-Platteville from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “As much as I am eager to share my knowledge, I am looking forward to the feedback from my clients to continuously grow professionally.”

Participants may choose sessions based on the level of their fitness knowledge and overall physical fitness.

Beginner Level offers an introduction to group fitness. Modifications can be made to increase difficulty. Sessions will be held Tuesdays from March 28 to May 16. Nutrition education will be in Room 202 Williams Fieldhouse from 2-2:30 p.m. Exercise education will be in Studio 1 of the Pioneer Activity Center from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Intermediate Level is for those who have been to group fitness classes before, but it may have been awhile. Modifications can be made to increase or decrease intensity. Sessions will be held Wednesdays March 29 through May 17. Nutrition education will be in Room 202 Williams Fieldhouse from 2-2:30 p.m. Exercise education will be in Studio 1 of the Pioneer Activity Center from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Advanced Level is for those who enjoy intense group fitness. Modifications can be made to decrease intensity. Sessions will be held Thursdays March 30-May 18. Nutrition education will be in Room 202 Williams Fieldhouse from 2-2:30 p.m. Exercise education will be in Studio 1 of the Pioneer Activity Center from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Participants should bring a water bottle and wear exercise clothing, including tennis shoes, comfortable workout pants/shorts and a comfortable t-shirt to each session.

To view a short promotional video about Pick Fit, go to: https://youtu.be/GTXqi58rzgI.

To register for a Pick Fit session, contact Emendorfer at emendorl@uwplatt.edu or 608-342-1285 or visit the Health and Human Performance office, Room 110 Williams Fieldhouse.

For those interested in finding out more about Pick Fit facilities, the Department of Health and Human Performance will offer two types of 20-30 minute tours March 27-29:

Tour 1, “Williams Fieldhouse: What is in that building anyway?” offers small groups of up to eight individuals the opportunity to take a tour of the facility and find out information about membership, cost, rules about activity areas, hours of operation, etc. Tours will be available 1-3 p.m., starting every 30 minutes.

Tour 2, “Introduction to the Weight Room” offers one or two individuals the opportunity to take an active tour of the weight room and learn how to use the equipment in the weight room, and learn tips on various gym rules and etiquette. Tours will be available 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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